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Switching to a gas barbecue can really add convenience to your cooking routine. It's nice not to have to wait for coals to burn down — and you don't have to clean them up when you're done, either! However, as you adapt to using your gas barbecue, there may be a few challenges and issues that come up. The following troubleshooting tips should help you get through them.
Problem: Your food is not getting crispy.
Part of the appeal of grilling is that it gives your food that nice, outer crust. If your food is coming out soft and soggy, then there are a few possibilities. First, make sure you are preheating the grill for at least 15 minutes before use; this gets the grates hot so that have that charring effect. Second, make sure you are starting your food at a high temperature to sear it — 450 degrees Fahrenheit works well — and then turning it down. This will also help get the outside crispy.
Problem: Your food is sticking.
If you find the food is sticking to the grate of your gas grill, then all you need to do is oil the grate a little. An easy way to do this is to apply a little vegetable oil to a paper towel, and then use your grill tongs to drag the paper towel back and forth over the grate, lubricating it. Do this a few minutes before putting the food on. Alternatively, you can make sure you rub the food with a little oil before putting it on the grill. Do whatever works best for each food.
Problem: Your grill is not lighting.
When a relatively new grill is not lighting, it is often due to user error and not because anything is wrong with it. Make sure you are turning the gas on and then pressing the ignition button — some people do this backward. You may need to press the ignition button with more gusto, too! Also, make sure you are only turning on one burner before hitting the ignition button; this ensures the gas is released in a more concentrated way so it is more likely to actually light. Turn the other burners on only after the first one is lit.
Hopefully, this troubleshooting guide has helped solve some of your problems as a new gas barbecue user. If you run into any other issues, consult the user manual, or reach out to a local gas barbecue seller, like Thompson's Gas Inc.